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Fisher Freshness Seal Bag Review and Walnut Pesto Recipe

by on November 17, 2011 · 3 comments

I rarely get free nuts in the mail, but last week Fisher sent a sample of walnuts and asked if I’d review their new “Freshness Seal” bag. Since I buy nuts all the time and have grown quite picky about them (if you’ve ever bit into a great cookie with a stale nut, you’re probably picky too) I said of course.

The bag is definitely an improvement.   It stands up, and since I have a tendency to lose the nuts in the middle of baking (things get hectic, what can I say?) having a big bag standing in front of me is an asset. But what was more impressive was how the nuts tasted. They had kind of a buttery quality and more flavor than any walnut I’ve ever eaten. Maybe it was the bag or maybe Fisher just sent me the freshest and best nuts they  could find, but these were good. I liked them so much I used them in pesto, which in the past I’ve always made with pine nuts.

walnut pesto

Have you seen the prices of pine nuts lately? You could buy a jar of fancy gourmet pesto for the price of pine nuts, so using walnuts made homemade pesto more economical. For this recipe, I used the same formula I use for pine nut pesto, which is a little different than most due to the lemon and honey. You can add one or both or leave one or both out, but I think the lemon and especially the tiny bit of sweetness from the honey really punches up the flavor. It doesn’t make the pesto sweet, but it brings out the other flavors somehow. As always, taste as you go and adjust the flavors to fit your taste.

Walnut Pesto Recipe
 
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Pesto made with basil and walnuts
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Recipe type: Condiment
Serves: 5
Ingredients
  • 2 cups packed basil leaves (2 oz)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt plus a little more if needed
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon honey
Instructions
  1. Chop the basil and garlic in a mini food processor. Gradually add ½ cup of the oil. Add the walnuts, parmesan cheese, salt, lemon juice and honey and process until mixed. At this point, my pesto is sometimes a little too thick for my tastes so I add more oil. You can add more oil or leave it as is. Taste as you go. Adjust the salt if needed.

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Published on November 17, 2011

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Gloria November 17, 2011 at 11:35 am

I love pesto, but rarely make it.. Chicken pesto pizza is my favorite pizza. I think I have everything in my pantry to make this since no pine nuts are required.. RE Stale nuts:
I once had a slice of home made raspberry walnut torte.
The walnuts were rancid…they ruined the torte and I felt bad for the person who made it. I keep all nuts in the freezer (except my husband;)).

Sue November 17, 2011 at 11:56 am

I look forward to that packaging hitting the shelves. Rancid nuts are the worst. Like Gloria. I tend to freeze them if I buy more than I plan on using.

Adam November 18, 2011 at 11:30 am

I believe the reason pine nuts have become so expensive is that they are no longer being imported from China, which was the largest exporter. As a result the price in the last few years has gone through the roof of a very tall and expensive building :).

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